Archive | April, 2012

Who will be 2012 overall Champion?

18 Apr

2011 saw stiff competition, and eventually Leapfrog scooped the Overall Champion Award:


Rainbow Toy Award Winners 2011

The overall “Champion” of the show was
Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket by LeapFrog


The entry period is now open for 2012.  See the Rainbow Awards Entry Form for more details!

Toy Fair history turned into houses

18 Apr

Further investment in Olympia as we say goodbye to Earls Court

Earl’s Court was the first London venue for the prestigious Toy Fair back in the 1950’s. But following years of development, plans to knock the iconic exhibition centre down and turn it into houses has been given the go ahead, waving goodbye to a large piece of the toy industry’s history!

However, while we may be losing a piece of the past, not all is lost as the redevelopment means a further investment of £10m is to be made to Toy Fair’s current home, Kensington Olympia.

The parent company of both Earls Court and Olympia, Capital & Counties Properties Plc, has made the large contribution in a bid to improve and upgrade projects at the Olympia Exhibition and Conference venue in 2012, following last year’s successful redevelopment of the West Hall. 

A number of development projects will begin in April of this year and will once again run alongside events at the venue without impact on the planned programme. The improvements form part of a significant investment in Olympia by EC&O’s parent company, Capital & Counties Properties Plc (Capco) and will help sustain Olympia’s position as a world-class venue. 

The plans for further improvement works comes following the opening, late last year, of the newly redeveloped West Hall. The new two-story, 97,000 square feet exhibition facility enjoys new links to the Grand Hall and Olympia Two behind a restored façade, making Olympia more flexible and interconnected. 

Nigel Nathan, EC&O Venues Managing Director said: “These projects are further positive steps in helping Olympia sustain its position as world-class venue. With these upgrades, Olympia is adapting to the changing demands of the exhibition industry and ensuring that it is an exhibition venue for the future. In 2012, Olympia celebrates its 125th anniversary. We continue to build on is prestigious history and invest to assure its future as the industry’s favourite venue.”

Karim Halwagi, Chief Executive of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO), believes these enhancements will further help stimulate the London event market. He said: “We welcome this investment. Olympia continues to be a popular and well-equipped venue and these improvements will further enhance its offer and reputation for event and conference organisers.”

 Blog Post courtesy of Toys n Plythings, further reading can be found at TnP here

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